About the WSRN - Washington State Reference Network The WSRN (Washington State Reference Network) is a regional cooperative of GPS reference stations and data that enables cost-saving solutions for public and private sectors in the fields of surveying, mapping, and other high accuracy location technology needs.
Participating entities include: The cities of Seattle, Renton, Bellingham, Kent, Auburn, and Shoreline; The counties of King, Snohomish, Skagit, Island, Jefferson, Thurston, and Pierce; Kitsap Public Utility District, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Spatial Reference Center of Washington (SRCW); academic and scientific institutions and projects like the Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA), Central Washington University, and Renton Technical College.
Real-Time Networks, a timely solution. Though fairly new to the U.S., these types of networks have been very successful in Europe and Asia where networks span entire countries where utilization is spreading beyond surveying to mapping, utilities, emergency response, agriculture, forestry, public safety, transportation, machine control for construction, environmental, and scientific research.
Great examples of successful networks are SAPOS in Germany, the Jenoba and Nippon GPS Data Services in Japan, and the new statewide network hosted by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Cost savings can be substantial. High accuracies at high speed: By following proper procedures, users can observe locations to centimeters in seconds. There are WSRN users who are quite willing to share their success in utilizing the system, and test accounts can be arranged.
Central Washington University (CWU) -Interested in localized tectonic movements of the greater Puget Lowlands. The PANGA Lab has provided the necessary GPS expertise and has donated antennae, communications, data archiving, and mounting.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) -Operates Trimble Integrity Manager, completed very successful RTN outperforming manufacturer and academic expectations
United States Geologuc Society (USGS) -Provided use of existing instruments
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) -Interested in future applications